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May 1, 2008

  • May is here, and the world is finally warming up here in New England. It was brought to my attention recently that I never posted this past Christmas's two card designs. So without any more delay...:
     
  • The two designs for the year take opposite takes on Christmas. The first, Christmasaurus, takes its inspiration from the distant past when all sorts of fearsome creatures roamed the land on the hunt for trees to decorate.
     
  • The other, ChristmasBots, goes the other direction in time and imagines a distant future when synthetic men have become "human" enough to browse store shelves for presents.
March 13, 2008
  • March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. We're half way through the month, which means March is currently some strange hybrid creature that grows wool but eats you if you try to shear it. I am going to continue with the Mythical Beasts.
     
  • The full-color illustration of the month is Leviathan. I made this illustration look like a worn photograph taken underwater of an attacking leviathan.
     
  • The Basilisk is a partial color illustration. As the text in the piece's Comments section explains, I could have taken the Basilisk in several directions and ended up taking the Cockatrice route.
     
  • Finally, this update's black and white drawing is a small sketch used to show a size comaparison between the Kraken's eye and a Viking longship.
February 3, 2008
  • Welcome to 2008! We have already had several good snowstorms up here in Massachusetts this winter. This year will be an interesting one, with presidential elections, the summer Olympics and leap year! Chinese new year is only a few days away, so Happy Year of the Rat!
     
  • I have posted the Salamander out of Mythical Beasts. This is no small newt-like amphibian; it's a large monster that freezes everything it touches, poisons trees and drips a toxic drool.
     
  • Also posted this month is Mythical Beast's Roc. The Roc is an Arabian bird so huge it can block out the sun and carry elephants away for supper.
     
  • The final update for this month is a small black and white monster, a modern myth called the Mothman. The mothman shows up in an area shortly before a tragic catastrophe strikes.
December 15, 2007
  • Well isn't it about time for an update? I've done a lot of artwork in the last few months, not the least of which is a new Groovy Tubes book that whould be in stores around September of 2008. Speakig of Groovy Tubes, Groovy Tubes: Mythical Beasts is in major bookstores now! (check out its Amazon page!).
     
  • Here is the Eastern Dragon, one of the colored interior illustrations from Mythical Beasts. The beasts in the book come from a wide range of cultures.
     
  • The beasts in the book also inhabit a variety of environments. The Kraken Attack is the illustration from the interior title page.
     
  • Smaller black and white illustrations such as this Nymph help fill in the pages.
July 2, 2007
  • Welcome to July! June flew by, but I do have some new work to show. Technically it is old work for me, from fall of '06, but I've only recently been able to post it. The first of this month's two pieces is the cover for Groovy Tubes: Mythical Beasts, an upcoming book I illustrated (check out its Amazon page!).
     
  • The second is a preview of an interior illustration, in particular an ogre having a battle of wits with a cat. More illustrations from the project will be coming in the following months.
     
May 4, 2007
  • Okay, it's been a LOOOONG time since the last update. I hope you'll forgive me, because I have a very good reason. On March 21, 2007, our first child was born! His name is Graeme, and he's just the cutest, sweetest thing. We announced the birth with this this artwork. As you can guess, his care has been a huge investment of our time and we're loving it.
     
January 30, 2007
  • If you've watched the updates over the last half year, you know that we rafted the Grand Canyon this past summer. It was an inspiring experience, quite literally- the 2006 Christmas cards were based on event.
     
  • For a light-hearted start, I set Santa and six of his reindeer in a paddle boat and let them take some rapids. It seemed like a good way to spend the off-season to me. If you look at the detail above, you can see the Bumble-Duck good luck mascot based on the abominable snowman from the Rankin-Bass classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
     
  • A more serious image was used for the second design of three wise boats paddling toward a distant star. You might think that I lightened the image to make the night scene more visible, but a fully moonlit canyon is every bit as bright in real life.
     
December 16, 2006 October 2, 2006
  • "O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" (Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll)

    The previous twelve issues of IMPrint have followed the creation of Morning Market (though it has been known merely as "the markletplace" for most of the time). Issue 28: Morning Market concludes the piece and shows the final marketplace scene.

  • Morning Market also gets added to the Galleries.
     
August 5, 2006 July 1, 2006 June 1, 2006
  • IMPrint Issue 27 is posted! This issue deals with atmospheric perspective, using recently (and not-so-recently) painted sections of the marketplace as visual reference.
     
  • Last month I posted a dragon drawing from World Builders Guild's new character sheet book. Now the book's cover artwork has been added to the book cover gallery.
     
May 5, 2006
  • Happy cinco de mayo! I suggest you celebrate with some really good quacamole, chips and queso.
     
  • A Rhino picture has been added to the trading card gallery. No, not a four-legged gray animal but a tank-like vehicle from Games Workshop's Warhammer 40K world.
     
  • The black and white commissions gallery also gets an addition this month- an all-seeing dragon made for the interior of World Builders Guild's new character sheet book.
     
  • A new and unusual IMPrint issue has been posted. It skips over the marketplace this time and deals instead with that great artistic problem of angst.
April 2, 2006
  • Weather is warming and spring is blooming. This month's new piece, Melusine, reminds you as you head out to enjoy nature that there is magic all around you. You may not see it or hear it, but if you close your eyes and look with the imagination of childhood, you should be able to feel it.
March 13, 2006
  • The first editions in a while to the Graphic Design gallery are up. These three new editions are logos for software packages having to do with RNA and proteins and folding and other scientific things. HMMER plays off of the propaganda posters of the USSR. Easel takes the more elegant style of Chinese calligraphy to depict an abstracted easel. And finally, infernal uses a slightly gothic ankh design combined with an RNA diagram.
     
  • The schedule has been updates to reflect events I'll be attending over the next few months.
     
February 1, 2006
  • February's addition to the Miscellaneous Color gallery is a little different from my normal artwork. It is a saw blade clock. The clock was made as a gift. Its page contains all of the information on how the clock was made.
     
January 6, 2006
  • Welcome to 2006!
     
  • Now that Christmas is over and friends and family have (hopefully) received their cards, the '05 Christmas card designs can be revealed. The first of the two designs is a cute little picture of 5 tree frogs caroling to the rainforest.
     
  • The second Christmas card design is a little less... typical. It shows a witch doctor receiving a present from a female witch doctor. They might not get snow, but as you can tell by the hut decorations, it is Christmas on the island.
     
December 5, 2005
  • A Warhammer 40K Speed Freaks orc Kroozer is the new piece for December. Check it out in the Trading Cards gallery.
     
  • IMPrint Issue 25 is now up, going into color theory. In short, the color wheel is outdated and the red, yellow and blue are not the primary colors. Read more in this month's issue.
     
  • The front page, as you can tell, was slightly redesigned for a more visual entrance. I hope you like it.
     
  • Enjoy the winter holiday design for the website! For that matter, enjoy the holidays, and get your resolutions ready for the new year. See you in 2006!
     
November 1, 2005

October 17, 2005
  • Special update: It has just been brought to my attention that the Mailing List form has been broken for months. This has been corrected! I apologize for the mistake. If you have tried in the past to sign up and were unable to, please do so now.
     


October 6, 2005
  • Archon is over, and with it my big trips and conventions for the year.
     
  • In honor of upcoming Halloween, one of this month's "new" pieces is At The Window, a small piece from 1999. It may be small, but it has always drawn a lot of attention.
     
  • IMPrint Issue 23 is up! The Marketplace has a lot of detail, which led to lots of questions such as, "Do you use really small brushes?" This issue answers that question.
     
  • I was recently interviewed by The Insider's Guide to Books. Follow the link, then scroll down- my interview is near the bottom.
     


September 8, 2005
  • We-e-e-ell, I'm back from both GenCon and DragonCon. Both went well and were fun to attend. Plans are already underway to attend both again next year!
     
  • One of the new pieces for this month is the Fulgrims Battle Barge, a card made for the Warhammer 40K collectible card game. It is another in a series of space vessels I have made for them recently. This card depicts the battle barge in the middle of a battle with several small fighter ships.
     
  • The World Eater Barge Defense takes us inside a similar ship, where a group of soldiers (in red) are defending the ship from invaders (in yellow).
     
  • The next convention for me to attend is Archon in St. Louis. I will be trying something new at Archon- a dealer's table. From there I will sell prints, Christmas cards, greeting cards and novels with my artwork on the covers. If you attend Archon, stop by and say hi.
     


August 4, 2005
  • The Trading card gallery gets two new pieces this month:
     
  • The Plague Barge was made for Sabertooth's Warhammer 40K: Siege of Terra collectable card game expansion deck. A barge commandeered by the enemey, it is now used to spread disease and pestilence.
     
  • Also made for Sabertooth's Warhammer 40K world, the Scout Ship is from the Horus Heresy expansion deck. This ship is a smaller vessel.
     
  • GenCon is coming up fast. If you have plans to be there, drop by the Art Room and say hello. Mention this invitation at my table and get 10% off any print/greeting card purchase!
     


July 14, 2005
  • The Miscellaneous Color gallery has a new addition: Private Paradise. It's a watercolor I made around a year ago, showing a little spot of pleasant hominess in the middle of the desert.
     
  • Also new this month is an addition to the Miscellaneous Black and White gallery. Cedar Lake is also, in its way, a picture of a private get-away in the middle of the wilderness. This little spot, however, isn't quite as innocent. Ever have the feeling that there is more going on around you than you notice?
     
  • I'm pleased to announce a new edition of IMPrint, as well. Issue 22: Living in Your World is all about the details. Why my pictures are so detailed, how to make your pictures more detailed, and more.
     
  • Before I wrap up the updates for July, there is one more Iwant to make. Dragon and Starship has been nominated for a Chesley Award in the Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished category. I'm excited!
     


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